Sam and I were invited to attend the official reopening of Delapré Abbey in Northampton this morning. It has had a restoration thanks to lottery funding of £3.65million, and is now open for visitors to enjoy.
The theme around the re-opening is 900 years of history. A former Nunnery, and then private home to the Tate and Bouverie families, the Abbey has been restored to reflect its history from the medieval period through to the 20th century.
The Battle of Northampton (Wars of the Roses) was fought near the Abbey, and you can still walk around the battlefield. You can ask for a map of the outdoor areas if you are interested in a walking route during your visit.
They have a schedule of upcoming activities held at the Abbey such as concerts, jousting, bird of prey displays, Easter egg hunts etc so there is lots to do to keep the family entertained outdoors.
Inside the Abbey you can see the state rooms which reflect its Medieval and Victorian history. The best part about visiting the Abbey (in my opinion) is that the items in the rooms can be touched – chairs can be sat on, books can be read. Children are welcome and get hands-on with interactive displays.
This was my first day out with Sam (without the older children) and he got a lot of attention. I had a good friend on hand to help me out. I have recently learnt that I can carry Sam on my back in the sling, and he loved looking around – and grabbing other passers-by!
You can find more about the history of the abbey and visitor’s information on Delapré Abbey’s website.
We really enjoyed our morning at Delapré Abbey and I am looking forward to revisiting with the older children.